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Aston Villa line up £30m bid for Edouard

Odsonne Edouard, Aston Villa
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Aston Villa are reportedly lining up a £30million bid for free-scoring Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard.

Contracted to Celtic until 2022, Edouard has been relentless in front of the goal since coming from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.

Only last season, the 22-year-old goal-scoring machine notched 22 goals in 27 top-flight appearances to be crowned the Scottish Premiership top-scorer.

The Frenchman has carried his predatory instincts into 2020/21, netting four goals in as many competitive outings since the turn of the season.

Edouard’s remarkable showings for Celtic have not gone unnoticed, with Aston Villa and several other Premier League clubs taking an interest in the prolific forward.

As per The Sun, the Lions are readying a £30million offer for the in-demand striker, with Arsenal reportedly willing to withdraw from the race.

After narrowly dodging relegation last term, boss Dean Smith is keen to add to his attacking options to avoid another frustrating season.

Brentford’s Said Benrahma remains high on Smith’s list of priorities, but Edouard is the number one target.

Adding to that sentiment, Hoops manager Neil Lennon has conceded the ‘inevitable’ interest from top clubs in the star striker.

“We can’t help that [interest in Edouard]. It’s inevitable. But we’ll try to stave off any admirers.

“I’m sure there are plenty out there, but we love having him here, and I’m sure he’s enjoying it.”